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Does it make sense to do a M.S in accounting and prerequisites for physical therapy?

bcroger2bcroger2 15 replies7 threads Junior Member
I am 24. I just graduated with degrees in accounting and management. Since the market is filled with BBA degrees, I could only find a part time job as a teller. I had a hard time dealing with customer interactions thanks to my social anxiety and aspergers. I applied and got into my accounting masters program.

After dealing with underemployment, unemployment, angry bosses and getting fired, I decided I didn't want to go into the world of business and wanted to go into physical therapy instead because I always loved science. HOWEVER, I realize too that PT school is extremely hard to get into and has a tiny acceptance rate, therefore, I want to do a masters and prerequisites for physical therapy at the same time. It would take me about 2.5 years to complete. 30 hours for my M.S in accounting and 35 hours for prerequisites for physical therapy.

Would this be appropriate? Thoughts?
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Replies to: Does it make sense to do a M.S in accounting and prerequisites for physical therapy?

  • happy1happy1 24209 replies2430 threads Super Moderator
    edited March 2019
    PT involves a ton of interpersonal interaction. Even if you did complete the prerequisites and get into a competitive program, are you sure this is the right field for you?
    edited March 2019
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  • bcroger2bcroger2 15 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Yes. This is client based interaction, not customer service.
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  • happy1happy1 24209 replies2430 threads Super Moderator
    Client based interaction is basically the same as customer service. Interpersonal skills are tremendously important.
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  • HippobirdyHippobirdy 696 replies1 threads Member
    edited June 2019
    I don't understand how the logistics would work. You may be setting yourself for unsatisfactory outcomes in both fields.
    Have you seen the APTA website?
    http://www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents/

    Also, if it's interactions with boss and customers tripping you up, I recommend addressing that at career center and or with a coach or therapist.
    Or check out Toastmasters or community service.
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  • samsmom20samsmom20 37 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited July 2019
    I agree PT is not the best career for someone who struggles with social anxiety. Have you volunteered or shadowed a PT in the setting you hope to work?

    I also don't think it makes sense to get an MS in accounting if you then plan to get a DPT degree. That's a lot of school and a lot of tuition to pay and the accounting degree won't really help you as a PT.

    If you like science , have you considered a career in pharmacy or research? They may be better suited to your personality.
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  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 4110 replies28 threads Senior Member
    An MS in accounting makes no sense if you don’t want to be a CPA. I agree with others that PT does not seem like a good fit.
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